Less than nine months after he was a deadline trade by the Cleveland Indians to the Los Angeles Angels, former Tribe outfielder David Murphy is walking away from the game of baseball.
On Sunday, Murphy left the Minnesota Twins’ Triple-A affiliate Rochester after the game and returned home to Dallas, where his wife and children still live after his lengthy career in Texas with the Rangers. He asked for, and was granted, his release on Monday.
“I think I’m done playing,” Murphy shared with Mike Berardino of The Pioneer Press via telephone interview. “It was definitely a tough decision, but it wasn’t an emotional decision I made over a few minutes or even an hour. A lot of time went into it, and I know I made the right decision.”
When a player stumbles some in his Major League debut, it is easy to make some excuses for him. Nerves, playing in front of much larger crowds than minor league parks, and the culmination of years and years of hard work coming to an overwhelming conclusion are enough to knock a guy off of his game.
It didn’t faze Cleveland Indians starter Cody Anderson on June 21st, 2015, even if the path to the show had not been without its notable hurdles for him.
It seems often the Indians organization tells fans it’s early and encourages them not to panic, however, it only took them three weeks to take the roster in a new direction.
On July 20, we analyzed and explained the Indians roster and payroll problems for 2016. The Indians were facing a potential $100 million payroll to bring back a roster that could lose 90 games. Cleveland has never broken into that salary threshold before, and it would make very bad business sense to do it for a group that has underachieved and—according to Jason Kipnis and others—has players who don’t always hustle or seem distracted.
But in less than three weeks, Chris Antonetti has shed approximately $25 million off the 2016 projected payroll. David Murphy was traded to Los Angeles, Brandon Moss to St. Louis and Marc Rzepczynski to San Diego before the trade deadline. Those three moves helped shed about $15 million. Still, that left the Indians at a projected $85 million for 2016, which seems to be the number they have operated around since 2013.
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Almonte Assigned to Columbus
There’s a new face in Columbus. The Indians traded Marc Rzepczynski to San Diego minutes before the Friday 4pm deadline for versatile, switch-hitting outfielder Abraham Almonte and immediately assigned him Columbus. The 26-year-old split the season between San Diego and Triple-A El Paso. In 31 games with the Padres, Almonte hit .204 (11-54) with four RBI, six runs, three doubles, and one stolen base. In 61 games with El Paso, he hit .275 with four home runs, 35 RBI, 18 doubles, two triples, and 11 stolen bases. At 5’9″, 210 pounds, Almonte has power, good speed and can play all three outfield positions. Almonte has also spent time with the Yankees and Mariners organizations. In 2014, he opened the regular season as Seattle’s starting center fielder and leadoff hitter, but was demoted to Triple-A after struggling to produce at the plate. He was later traded to San Diego.
Tomlin Has Longest Outing Since Shoulder Surgery
Josh Tomlin was charged with the loss in his third rehab start with Columbus. The righty pitched into the seventh inning in Thursday’s 7-1 loss to Indianapolis, his longest outing since undergoing shoulder surgery in March. Here’s his stat line for the game: 6.1IP, 6H, 2R/ER, 1HR, 4BB, 1SO, 90 pitches/61 strikes.
The trade deadline has come and gone, and the Indians have said goodbye to two of the nicest players on their team. Sure, personality does not a great ball player make, but it’s still said to see well-liked players go. However, the remainder of this season and the unfolding of seasons to come will show if the moves made this will have a significant affect on the Indians organization.
Perhaps a look back at some of the more successful recent trades will boost optimism that the rest of this season, and future seasons, as well, could benefit from what happens at the end of July.
Despite having taken part in trades that were less-than-ideal at the time (no one can argue that it was easy to stomach the loss of Victor Martinez in exchange for Justin Masterson, Nick Hagadone, and Bryan Price in 2009, especially since Masterson is now gone and Hagadone is dealing with yet another elbow injury), the Indians have also been part of trades that currently provide excitement for Cleveland fans, and give hope to the organization.
After a 1-6 homestand for the Cleveland Indians, are you still reading?
If so, congratulations, you are in limited company and likely some sort of an Indians diehard as some Cleveland area fans write off the season and transition their attention to the beloved Cleveland Browns as training camp starts in Berea.
Meanwhile, the Indians (46-54) stare down the final 62 games in their season, still technically within one nice winning streak of the American League Wild Card race, yet having shown nothing this season to make someone believe that they sincerely have one in them to get back into the thick of things. For those who had some hope left, those may have disintegrated away in the hot summer sun during the week as the AL’s best Kansas City Royals took two of three as the Indians continued to look lost at home. Cleveland was thumped 9-4 on Monday, only to lose a tough 2-1 game on Tuesday before coming back with a four home run game in a 12-1 victory on Wednesday to avoid a dreaded homestand sweep.
I’ve never been a really strong math person, and I especially didn’t like word problems when I was in school, but Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti is facing quite the math problem in the next nine months.
While some continue to hang on to hope that the Indians can make a run for a playoff spot in 2015, it seems unlikely with just 71 games remaining and just the 10th best record in the American League. At the trade deadline, the Indians are expected to stand pat, or possibly trade veterans David Murphy and Ryan Raburn.
The problem, or Antonetti’s challenge, is to begin building a roster that can compete in 2016. With a strong starting rotation and improving young defense, it’s fair to believe that the Indians are a couple hitters away from serious contention.
It’s hard to believe, but Sunday’s action concludes the unofficial first half of the regular season in Major League Baseball.
It’s a tough feeling to digest, especially in the northeast Ohio region where entering the second full week of July, summer hasn’t fully kicked spring to the curb. But like the annual hopes for an eventful and entertaining summer, the 2015 season has been anything but those things for the Cleveland Indians, at least in regards to their record.
The expectations for the season may have been far more tapered for the fan base, distracted by a different #23 playing a stone’s throw from Progressive Field, had Corey Kluber and Michael Brantley not graced the regional cover of Sports Illustrated in March, altering completely what the local homers feel every season by proclaiming “Wait Till This Year”. This just wasn’t another wishful thinking, “what if”, “next year is this year”, kind of start to a year. The national media was thinking it, and even though that same group of writers and pundits has been wrong and cruel and unjust to Cleveland for all of my lifetime, the majority of the fans out there begun to feel that their hopes weren’t such a crazy pipe dream after all.
Maybe this would be the year…
Trevor Bauer pitched eight strong innings, striking out nine, and David Murphy delivered a two-run double in the eighth in Cleveland’s 4-2 win over Houston on Wednesday.
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Corey Kluber pitched 6.2 scoreless innings and regained the Major League strikeout lead in the Indians 2-0 win on Tuesday night.
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The Astros jumped on the Indians for four runs off Carlos Carrasco in the first inning and beat the Tribe, 9-4, on Monday night.
Carrasco, who came within an out of pitching a no-hitter on Wednesday in Tampa, allowed five …